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Posted in Cosmetic, Dental, Dentures, Smile Designs with tags , , , , , , , on June 27, 2011 by dukeslc

Have you been considering dentures in  Salt Lake City, UT? If so, come on in to Dental Designs of Salt Lake and meet with Dr. David Duke and his team for a free consultation today.

Below is some information about dentures along with its advatages and disadvantages. If you have any questions regarding dentures please feel free to give us a call at (801)355-2202.


What are Dentures?

Dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth typically made out of an acrylic resin which at times incorporate porcelain or metal for additional structural support. There are two main types of dentures. Both Complete Dentures and Partial Dentures are finely crafted, custom-fitted. If you properly maintain your dentures they will appear natural and provide a perfect smile. Additionally, dentures help strengthen muscles controlling your expressions that require the support of your teeth, rid you of pronunciation problems caused by missing teeth and aid with chewing.

Who is a candidate for dentures?

If you’ve lost, or are losing, all of your teeth a Complete Denture is something to discuss with your cosmetic dentist. If some of your teeth remain and are healthy, a partial denture may be your way to a great smile.

This procedure should be thoroughly discussed with your dentist as there are several personal and medical factors to take into consideration. You may instead be a candidate for dental bridges and dental implants as optional procedures.

Types of Dentures

Complete Dentures

These replace all of your teeth, upper or lower. Their comfort depends on muscle, bones, tongue, and saliva. Patients begin wearing conventional dentures after healing the teeth that were pulled.

Immediate Dentures

Immediate Dentures are placed all at once, and may require additional adjustments after the healing process. It can take months for your bone and tissue to stabilize after tooth extractions.

Upper Dentures

Upper Dentures, tend to be a bit easier to adjust to. These are made of the same materials as a Complete Denture, but are designed to provide you with upper teeth only.

Over Dentures

Over Dentures are a type of conventional denture similar to Complete Dentures. The difference is that not all teeth are extracted and they use one or more natural teeth for their support. This type provides greater stabilization during chewing. Over Dentures cost more and typically require more preparation dental appointments until the procedure is fully complete.

Partial Dentures

Designed to correct the gaps in your smile when only some of your teeth are missing. Metal attachments anchor the dentures to your natural teeth. Partial Dentures maintain tooth alignment by preventing your remaining teeth from shifting. Partial Dentures can also help prevent your loss of more teeth due to decay or gum disease.

Advantages & Disadvantages of Dentures

Pros and Cons of a Dentures


Dentures definitely provide a great smile with a very natural appearance. They’re made of very durable materials and last very long when properly taken care of. Typically dentures last from five to ten years. They also correct several problems, from speech to chewing, for many patients.


There’s no doubt that dentures take a little getting used to. There is maintenance involved, and initial speech issues to overcome (these are temporary and last only a couple of days). Mouth irritation or sores may occur, but are usually caused by poor dental hygiene, and not removing your dentures when needed. It is common that your mouth changes over the life of your dentures, so even though they last long, they may need to be replaced to achieve a better fit before they are worn out. With a denture a person typically chews at only 15-23% efficiency compared to a person chewing with their natural teeth. In the case of a full upper denture, the upper palate is covered which can reduce taste of foods you’re chewing.

Before Dentures Procedure
After Dentures Procedure

Before                                                                      After


Cosmetic Crowns

Posted in Cosmetic, Crowns, Dental with tags , , , , , , on June 23, 2011 by dukeslc

 If you have been considering getting cosmetic crown work done in Salt Lake City, here is some information that will help you understand the procedure in which it is preformed.

What is a Crown? 

A crown is like a cap that goes over a tooth preparation. Sometimes, when a tooth is very heavily restored, its multiple fillings may not look good or last long because even the strongest filling materials have their limitations. The most durable solution for restoring badly damaged teeth is to prepare the tooth for a crown. The crown not only protects remaining tooth structure, but also restores the original appearance of the tooth.


Unlike fillings, crowns cannot be constructed in one visit. The dentist must first take impressions of your mouth to make some study models and also to construct temporary crowns, usually made of resin. Study models help the dentist plan the case. Every tooth is unique and will require the dentist to exercise judgement on where to trim the tooth and how much to trim. For cosmetic cases where tooth positions are changed by crowning, the dentist may have to discuss his plans with the patient before proceeding to the preparation stage.

Teeth which are still vital will feel sensitive when trimmed, so a local anaesthetic is usually given. This is to make space for the crown and adequate clearance is absolutely necessary. The thicker the crown, the stronger it is. Once the preparation is complete, the dentist takes an impression of the prepared teeth with a rubbery material. The final crowns will be fabricated on this impression. At the end of the crown preparation visit, temporary crowns are cemented to protect the remaining tooth structure.

When the permanent crown is completed in the laboratory (usually takes about a week), the temporary cowns are removed from the mouth to be replaced by the porcelain crown which is then permanently cemented over the prepared tooth. The crowning process is thus completed.

Crowns can be very simple or complex, depending on the condition of the mouth and the needs of the patient. Mobile teeth are not suitable for crowning. Teeth with bleeding gums will also affect the accuracy of the impression. For cosmetic realignment, a considerable amount of skill and experience are required.



If you have other questions you need answered or if you are interested in scheduling an appointment, you may contact Dr. David Duke of Dental Designs of Salt Lake City, Utah at 801-355-2202.

Five Rules for Great Dental Hygiene

Posted in Dental Hygiene, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on June 16, 2011 by dukeslc

Maintaining your dental health is important for more reasons than you might think. Nobody wants the pain associated with cavities and infection, but poor dental health affects not only your mouth, but the health of your entire body. Here are five suggestions from Dental Designs of Salt Lake City, Utah for maintaining good dental hygiene.

Brush. The first and most fundamental rule for sound dental health is to brush your teeth. Minimally, you should brush twice a day, morning and night; but optimally, you should brush three times a day. When you purchase a toothbrush and toothpaste, look for the ADA (American Dental Association) stamp. The ADA has certain standards that assure minimum quality for dental products. By choosing ADA approved dental products, you can be assured that you are getting the quality your teeth require. When you brush your teeth, visualize every surface of your teeth, top and bottom, including the nooks and crevices and your gums. Brush in a gentle, circular motion, moving slowly across all of the surfaces and crevices you visualize to ensure that your brushing action is reaching and thoroughly cleaning all the surfaces and nooks and crannies in and around your teeth where bacteria exist.

Floss. After brushing, the most important habit for maintaining the best dental health is flossing. While you may brush thoroughly and regularly, nothing beats flossing for removing plaque and other remaining bacteria that lingers on your teeth, in between your teeth, or on your gums. Also, flossing helps prevent gum diseases, which if unchecked can lead to much more serious health issues. To help you floss more thoroughly, look for floss that has a waxed coating. This helps the floss move through your teeth more easily. Floss every day.

Mouth Rinsing. The third rule for great dental health is to rinse out your mouth with either water or mouthwash after meals when you can’t brush. Swishing or gargling water or mouthwash after meals helps to remove food debris and other bacteria that is likely to remain after the meal. Food debris and bacteria cause an acid to form on your teeth that causes plaque and eats away at enamel. If plaque is not removed it can turn to tartar. Once plaque has turned to tartar only a dentist can get it off. The rinsing action minimizes the build up of plaque in your mouth.

Fluoride. The fourth rule for maintaining good dental health is to rinse your mouth with mouthwash that contains fluoride. Fluoride strengthens the enamel on your teeth, and the harder the enamel on your teeth is, the tougher it is for plaque to stick and for acid to eat through it.

Dental Check-up. The fifth rule for great dental health is to see your dentist on a regular basis. Usually dentists like you to come in every 6 months for a cleaning. Going to the dentist every six months is important for your dental health because they will do a detailed check up of all your teeth. Your dentist will also clean off any tartar build up that has occurred. Getting all of the tartar off of your teeth is crucial for avoiding gum disease.

To learn more about dental hygeine, contact Dental Designs of Salt Lake City or Call us at 801-355-2202.

Salt Lake City Dental Implants

Posted in Cosmetic, Dental, Implants with tags , , , , , on September 2, 2010 by dukeslc

Dental Implants are a wonderful way to replace missing teeth. It can be used for replace one tooth or many. Dental implants may be slightly expensive but there is a noticeable shift in dental insurance and many insurance carriers now cover 50% of the cost.

Free Consultation

The first step is to schedule a FREE consultation with our Salt Lake City Dentist, Dr. David Duke. He will access the bone and surrounding tissues to determine if the missing tooth site is suitable for a dental implant.

Pre-approval of Dental Insurance Coverage

We want to ensure that there are no surprises when it comes to paying for a dental implant. We submit pre-approval claims to all insurances to make sure we understand the patient’s coverage. While there may be restrictions and exclusions on your dental plan, we do our best to apply insurance coverage to the treatment.

Placement of the Dental Implant and Healing Cap

This procedure is done in a completely sterile environment with the best technology available. Dr. Duke uses titanium implants and expert training to provide the gentlest placement possible. A cap is placed on the implant, which allows the gums to heal over the next few weeks.

Removal of the Cap and Impression for a Crown

After several weeks, the bone and implant will be examined for stability and strength. If it is approved, an impression will be made for a Dental Implant Crown.  Our dental labs take an average of 1-2 weeks to make the final crown.

Placement of the Dental Implant Crown

The final visit will consist of placing the Implant Crown on the fully healed, permanent Dental Implant. Oral hygiene routines, speaking, and eating are not impaired or altered. Dental Implants offer the best tooth replacement option available. It is the best aesthetically pleasing, gentle, permanent solution!

We are located in Downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. Dr. David Duke offers free consultations to all those interested in receiving information about the procedure and meeting our staff. Check out our website for before and after photos and call us today!

Tempromandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ)

Posted in Dental, Neuromuscular with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 21, 2010 by dukeslc

Have you experienced clicking or soreness of the jaw, headaches, or locking of the jaw?  For some people these problems are infrequent, short-term, and mild. For others, this may be a frequent, constant problem that can be very painful and cause permanent damage on teeth or the joint. Our office is the Salt Lake City TMJ office of choice! We treat all of our patients with the best technology, excellent care, and unique custom therapy to achieve the best results possible. Each of our patients have had quick relief from pain and are treated for long-term success. Our TMJ Salt Lake City dental office is located downtown with easy access to I-15. Call our office today for a FREE CONSULTATION and let us rid you of pain for a better, happier life!

What is TMJD?

Tempromandibular Joint Disorder, also known as TMJ or TMD, is a term for inflammation of the Tempromandibular Joint. The Tempromandibular Joint connects the lower jaw to the skull and can be located as an indentation directly in front of the ear.  This disorder can range from mild to acute and can have several symptoms such as headaches, jaw stiffness, pain in opening or closing the mouth, or locking of the jaw. This can be caused by many things including arthritis, trauma, dislocation on the jaw, or malocclusion due to severe dental decay. 

TMJD can also have a neuromuscular affect on your body. To understand this, simply imagine that your body is filled with interconnecting wires that stem from your spinal cord.  Nerves and muscles associated with the Tempromandibular Joint connect with nerves through your entire face and down your neck. These connections are often the reason people with TMJD can have severe headaches and very sore neck and shoulder muscles.  

What are the Symptoms of TMJD?

Headaches can be unbearable and if you suffer from frequent, long-lasting tension headaches or migrane headaches, you may have TMJ disorder. Other common symptoms experienced are jaw, ear or facial pain and even decreased hearing.  Clicking or popping of the jaw and neck, as well as shoulder pain, are the frequent effects of TMJ disorder. Even though TMJ is a common disorder, many people are unaware that they have this condition and continue enduring the pain.

What are the Treatment Options?

Depending on the cause of the disorder, there are several options for pain relief and long-lasting solutions. 

Reconstructive Dentistry:

Malocclusion means that your upper and lower teeth do not close together in the correct way and are misaligned, causing strain on muscles and ligaments. If the disorder is due to a lack of proper occlusion, or incorrect biting due to tooth decay or grinding, there are two options available. The first is the use of orthodontics which can straighten teeth and place them in their proper occlusal bite to relieve strain on the jaw muscles.  The second option is Reconstructive dentistry. This is a permanent option and is rarely used because it involves replacing dental fillings or placing new crowns to align the teeth in the proper bite and relieve pain.

Repositioning of the Jaw:

If the disorder is due to the joint being out of socket, the pain can originate from very strained, if not damaged, muscles, ligaments, or bone.  One option to correct this is called Surgical Repositioning of the Jaw.  A simpler solution is the Relocation of the Jaw through Tensing therapy, Stretching of the jaw muscles, or careful manipulation to help aid the correct joint position.

Medication and Therapy:

Just like in all the body’s joints, cartilage and ligaments cushion the joint as in fits correctly in the socket of the skull. Should this cartilage be aggravated or inflamed it can be painful to move the jaw and can cause significant headaches. Arthritis can affect the Tempromandibular Joint by causing inflammation, soreness, stiffness of the joint, and pain. This is often treated with anti-inflammatory medication and Tensing Therapy to calm the muscles around the joint and allow for healing to occur.

The BEST Permanent Solution: Tensing Therapy and Orthodic Splint:

In TMJD the muscles are unbalanced and cause strain on the jaw, face, and neck. The use of K7 technology in our Salt Lake City dental office lets us know where the strain is originating from and how to adjust the jaw for optimal balance and relaxation. Our Dental Office uses Mandibular repositioning splints which move the jaw, ligaments and muscles into a new position. In all our patients we see marked improvements with this simple solution. This Orthodic Splint is similar in appearance to a retainer or nightguard and are custom-made according to the necessary bite and jaw placement. This Orthodic therapy requires that you wear the unobtrusive Orthodic splint during the day and night.

Our Salt Lake City dental office also uses Tensing therapy, which is an electric muscle therapy to relax the jaw, face, and neck muscles to ease pain. The combination of the splint and Tensing has awarded us with excellent success and very happy patients! Every person responds differently to Orthodic therapy, however the vast majority of patients find their symptoms instantly decreased.

If you suffer from any of these symptoms or would like more information about our office and your treatment options check out our website or call us at 801-355-2202. Our Salt Lake City dental office is open Monday – Friday 7am – 4pm. We look forward to helping you achieve a pain-free, happier life!